Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Biology, Emory University, Atlanta Georgia, 30307
Bruce R. Levin, PI
Experimental studies of the population and evolutionary biology of bacteria, antibiotic treatment and antibiotic resistance
Approximately half the time of the successful candidate for this position will be devoted to ongoing experimental studies of the pharmacodynamics of antibiotics and bacteria and the population and evolutionary dynamics of antibiotic treatment and resistance. These experiments will be performed in vitro (in plastico) with both planktonic and physically structured populations of Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Streptococcus pneumonia, and E. coli with single and pairs of antibiotics of different classes. The general goal of these experimental and the associated mathematical modeling studies is to improve the efficacy of antibiotic treatment protocols to clear bacterial infections whilst minimizing the likelihood of resistance emerging during the course of therapy. Of particular interest is to develop single and two-drug dosing regimes to treat infections with bacteria that are moderately non-susceptible (politically correct for resistant) to the treating antibiotic(s).
The other half of the time of the successful candidate will be devoted to independent studies of their own design on related projects of the population and evolutionary biology of bacteria and their viruses, plasmids and other accessory genetic elements.
Preference will be given to candidates that are passionate (fanatical) about research and of one of two ilks and experience: (1) Microbiologists and microbial molecular geneticists with an interest in and aptitude for quantitative studies of the population and evolutionary dynamics of bacteria. (2) Population and evolutionary biologists and geneticists with the extreme wisdom and good taste to work with (or want to work with) bacteria.
In addition to the usual CV and statement of research interest and accomplishments, CANDIDATES WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF THEY INCLUDE, (i) a cover letter indicating why and how this laboratory and these project fits into their career goals and aspirations, and (ii) an ~2 page proposal for the independent research elements of this position. These proposals should clearly specific the questions being addressed and include an outline of how they will be addressed and answered.
Emory University is an Equal Opportunity/ Equal Access / Affirmative Action Employer, fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. Minorities that are under-represented in Population and Evolutionary Biology are encouraged to apply.
Emory Department of Biology: http://www.biology.emory.edu/job-opportunities